Carolyn Elmsford, Sierra Madre, CA Member Since February 2013 Artist Statement The subject matter of my work is still life and flowers, but the true subject is my state of mind, my emotion, and whatever struggle I am attempting to work through at the time. I believe in the power of prayer; we have to ask what we want help with here on earth. Prayer works. I say a prayer when I begin each painting for myself to grow and work through whatever I am struggling with, and also for Spirit to speak through me. I ask that what I create be a source of healing for whoever looks upon the work. I have had people tell me that my work makes them happy, and that the Spirit of my work is gentle, loving, and positive. I believe an artist is the vehicle for God (or the Universe or Spirit or whatever your preferred word - God's not a man in a chair in the sky - that's just an easy word to use) to come through and express.
I’m painting flowers because I think they are simply amazing, and this is a way to keep nature’s incredibly beauty around longer than the real thing would last. Also, I am drawn to paint things that are alive.
I am a single mom of two brilliant teenagers and I am a full-time, professionally trained painter. I've been painting nearly all my life, and been adding mixed media in my work the last few years. I love the texture, variety and sheer fun that collage adds to the piece. I have a B.F.A. in painting, studied at Art Center in Pasadena, and with numerous professional painters.